Message from the Acting Manager - June 2013 

Victoria Esson

Talofa lava

La manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa!

The year is ticking past fast with only a month until the shortest day of the year, and a few weeks until Matariki celebrations begin around the country.

Matariki is often a time for reflection and setting new goals. National Services Te Paerangi has been doing just that; considering what we have achieved over the last financial year and developing plans for the year ahead (our business year runs from 1 July to 30 June). As always, we are keen to hear from you about training ideas and potential speakers for us to support.

Last month, the whole of the National Services Te Paerangi team attended MA13: Leading Museums. Of particular interest to me was the presentation by John Orna-Ornstein and the work he described as part of the British Museum’s partnership model. The key aim of the partnership programme is to share British Museum collections effectively, creating greater access for regional audiences. Partnerships are often formed with smaller regional museums, which result in visitation increases for the recipient museums and meaningful object encounters for non-traditional audiences. The success of the partnership programme is widely acknowledged and left me with plenty of food for thought about how the model could be adapted to a New Zealand setting.

John Orna-Ornstein also spoke about the SHARE programme. SHARE Museums East is a regional programme funded by Arts Council England to support excellence, resilience, and cooperative working in museums in the east of England through training, networks, partnerships, and resources. SHARE has similar aims to National Services Te Paerangi, and like us can only achieve its mahi by working with the sector to contribute experts and venues and deliver a widely accessible, comprehensive training programme. The conference also allowed us to touch base with lots of colleagues from around the country – as always it is a pleasure and an inspiration to hear what is happening in your organisations.

Keep warm as the cold weather hits!

Ngā mihi o Matariki ki a koutou katoa

Victoria Esson